Seated portrait of an Arab ...

Seated portrait of an Arab ...
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Seated portrait of an Arab man, a retainer in Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, making coffee in the sands near Al Ain. The man kneels in the sand, grinding coffee beans with a mortar and pestle. Coffee paraphernalia, including a sack of coffee beans, an urn, and porcelain cups, lies in the sand in front of him. The man wears a khanjar (dagger) on a cartridge belt over his thobe (shirt) and a tied ghutra (headscarf). Behind him a vast expanse of flat sand continues from the foreground to jagged mountains in the far distance.

Due to the nature of these images, prints will reproduce any signs of age, wear or damage that occurred before they were archived by the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Image Details

Accession Number
Film Negative 35mm
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Emirate; Al Ain Region; Al Ain City
Cultural Group
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 1, 1949 - January 12, 1950

© Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

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